Redding pain doctor pleads not guilty in court

Dr. James Gregory White

REDDING, Calif. - A Redding doctor pleaded not guilty in a Shasta County court on Thursday.

Redding Police confirmed that Dr. James Gregory White and his physician assistant, Cheri Hougland, were arrested on Wednesday after criminal charges were filed on Tuesday.

According to a representative from the Medical Board of California, White and Hougland are being charged on nine counts including prescribing a controlled substance without a legitimate purpose, prescribing to a known addict, and excessive prescribing.

After the arrest, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Office of the Inspector General and the Bureau of Medi-cal Fraud and Elder Abuse served a search warrant on the business and seized medical files. White and Hougland are being accused of aiding and abetting and filing fraudulent claims.

White is being held without bail at the Shasta County Jail. If the judge allows White to post bail, he will have to prove that the bail money was not a result of any of the alleged illegal prescribing.

White's medical license was suspended back in May. The California State Medical Board was asked to revoke White's license, citing 18 causes for discipline including gross negligence and over-prescribing pain-killing drugs that led to death.

White is a pain doctor who had his license revoked back in 2005 as well for issues surrounding his prescribing practices.

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